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An Once Of Prevention?


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#1 Rondil

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 01:37 AM

Question for you guys. I read or was told that anytime I/you surf the Internet you are better off doing so from a Limited account/Login. You wouldn't logon to Linux as a Superuser and surf would ya. When logged in this way No software can be installed and No changes can be done to your machine which should prevent any trojans from being installed or drive-by installs. I have also read that there are exceptions to this but no details. So is this true? Can I still get infected by trojans or a drive-by install when logged in this way. I always logon as a limited account except when I want to install something. I have found a couple programs don't like this so keep that in mind if you folks decide to try this.

Heres how its done.

Open Control Panel --> User Accounts --> Create a new Account --> Type in a name -->Next -->
Click Limited --> Creat Account

Its that simple. If you need to be on an Admin account you can change easily by clicking START --> Log Off
Swich User (Leaves account and Programs open and running) or Log Off ( Shuts down that account) Then click the account you want to logon too.

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#2 quietman7

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 07:32 AM

Here's some good reads on this:

"How the right user account can help your computer security".
"Limited-User Security on Windows XP"
"Increasing Security with Limited User Accounts and Restricted Groups"
"Using a Least-Privileged User Account"
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